Call Quality


There's little to complain about when it comes to voice calls on the Moto G5 Plus. Audio sounds fine, and the handset's a comfortable size to use while talking even for extended periods of time. Really, the best thing about making calls with this phone is just how flexible it is when it comes to carrier support. Handling all the big US networks with ease, you've got your pick when it comes to finding the best-performing carrier in your neck of the woods.

Battery Life

The latest Moto G makes good on its reputation for multi-day battery life


When we pick up a phone running a Snapdragon 625, we're already expecting some solid battery life, and when you pair that with a 3,000mAh battery like we find in the Moto G5 Plus, we're looking forward to nothing short of day-long battery endurance.

That is absolutely what we got with the phone, and our custom battery tests gave us screen-on operation that came up just short of ten-and-a-half hours. Unless you're among the heaviest of heavy users, we'd say that very much falls under the all-day-battery banner.

Even with all that capacity, recharge times remain pleasantly swift, and the included Turbo Power charger brings the G5 Plus back to life in under two hours. Really, the only thing we could ask for would be wireless charging, but that's just an asterisk on otherwise very, very solid battery performance.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 10h 26 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 7h 30 min (Good)
Motorola Moto Z Play Droid 13h 43 min (Excellent)
Honor 6x 10h 1 min (Excellent)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
Motorola Moto G5 Plus 106
Motorola Moto G4 Plus 113
Motorola Moto Z Play Droid 156
Honor 6x 191

Conclusion



It's easy to pick up the very wrong impression that there's not much to look forward to in the mid-range smartphone space, like it's some dumping ground for leftover components, offers uninspired hardware design at best, and aims little higher than giving shoppers phone choices that are “good enough” without going much further.

But it takes little more than a phone like the Moto G5 Plus to remind you that even in this budget segment there's still tons of variety, and maybe more importantly than that, the opportunity for manufacturers to really impress. We're not qualifying that with “... on a budget,” either, and the Moto G5 Plus implements some features – like that very intuitive swipe-based fingerprint scanner navigation system – that we'd absolutely love to see on much more high-profile Motorola hardware.

The G5 Plus doesn't do everything right, and seems to have a little more potential than the hardware actually delivers on; that's probably most true when it comes to its camera. But it's also far, far removed from being a huge disappointment, and we imagine most shoppers will still be hugely satisfied with their purchases.

Speaking of those, you've got some choices to make when it comes to what you'll pay for the Moto G5 Plus. Buying an unlocked phone from the manufacturer, you'll pay about $230 for the 32GB/2GB model, or more like $300 for the the 64GB/4GB edition – and if you've got the cash to spend, we'd very much point in the direction of the latter.

If you also happen to be an Amazon Prime user, you've got another decision to make: consent to the presence of Amazon's ad-laden lockscreen, and you can save $45 or more compared to Lenovo's direct prices: so, $185 for 32GB, or even greater savings at $240 for 64GB. Maybe you'd rather pay more for the regular phone, but if you're already going to be seeing ads on the mobile web, and in ad-supported apps, Amazon's offer may not sound so objectionable – and those discounts make an already attractive phone just that much more appealing.



Pros

  • Much more premium design than past Moto G phones
  • Great battery life, fast recharging
  • Fingerprint-scanner gestures work great
  • Expansive carrier support

Cons

  • Camera feels like it doesn't reach its potential
  • Discounted ad-supported version only for Amazon Prime users
  • Micro-USB: why?
  • Could use more robust water-resistance

PhoneArena Rating:

8.0

User Rating:

8.6
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60 Comments

1. fyah_king unregistered

How is the speaker tinny when it's louder than your iPhone 7?lol

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Do you ask stupid questions as a hobby or for serious inquiry?

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Hobby for me. :)

10. fyah_king unregistered

There's no such thing as a stupid question. So, get off your tiny horse and tell me why my question is stupid?

26. Rydsmith unregistered

No, there are such things as stupid questions and this was one of them. The iPhone is louder if you had added it to the chart.

27. sgodsell

Posts: 7380; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

And added 3 times the price for the iPhone 7. For what it is the Moto G5 is, this time around it is giving a lot of bang for your buck. Also this time around the Moto G5 has NFC, and a gyroscope, and compass as well.

36. fyah_king unregistered

I am talking about the 7plus. The G6 is louder.lol

44. fyah_king unregistered

"G5 plus"

53. chancooluk

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 13, 2015

It's not a stupid question, you are just misunderstanding the word 'tinny'. 'Tinny' does not mean quiet, or lacking volume, it means that the sound lacks depth and bass.

59. duplaye

Posts: 1; Member since: May 28, 2017

Checking these comments for phone sound quality. I find the G5 plus to be tinny. As you said, a lack of depth and base. Is it just me, or did I get a bad phone. Is there any way to regulate this? It means a lot to me, as I use the phone a lot. Thanks

60. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

For phones around this budget, Wait for J5 2017/J7 2017/Couple of those HTC desire phones (or) If you don't mind considering those Chinese ones, consider Honor 6c, Redmi Note 4 (or) If you have more budget A5 2017/A7 2017 even Mi 6/finally even more budget, upcoming 1+5. Go to store and check out all these by hand and decide.

4. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iPhone7 is louder actually Motorola Moto G5 Plus 77.6 dB Apple iPhone 7 78.1 dB

12. fyah_king unregistered

My bad, I forgot to add the plus after the 7.

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

See.....that was stupid!

24. fyah_king unregistered

I think you are think dumb one. overstand?

25. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Overstand?

34. fyah_king unregistered

Yes, overstand.

35. fyah_king unregistered

Yes, i am over you and not under you.:)

40. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

....You have communication issues.

45. fyah_king unregistered

I don't communicate with people under me. :)

57. DronGupta

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 09, 2015

kiko007 is not dumb. He is isheep. And isheeps are dumb.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7380; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Fyah_king It doesn't matter if it's the iPhone 7 or 7 plus. Your looking a 3-4 times the price of the iPhone 7's compared to a Moto G5. So for $230 the Moto G5 has NFC, and a full HD display like the iPhone 7 plus. But the G5 is only $230 outright. It even has expandable storage for that price.

58. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It becomes stupid when you criticize iPhone, that is what kiko is all about, he should stop that or people start ignoring him.

20. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good score good score

29. TerryTerius unregistered

Sheer loudness is not the same as the quality of the sound.

41. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

the amount of DB only give one variable. to be tinny you need to lack bass...

2. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

that cons.. microUSB and water-resistance is a must for every smartphone now? great.. and I guess 8/10 is upper limit for low-end smartphone score in PA right now..

5. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

The Cons do not justify the 8/10 rating. This phone should be a 9/10.

11. Scott93274

Posts: 6038; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I don't know... I'm actually really disappointed by Motorola's choice to go with Micro USB. Like, seriously.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Me too. Thought about buying this phone sometime this year but stopped because of Micro-usb, and a few other nitty gritties.
Moto G5 Plus
  • Display 5.2" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 625, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh

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